The Times podcast: Are NFTs worth your money?

A person in silhouette takes a cellphone photo of a colorful piece of art
An NFT titled “SHIFT//” by Mad Dog Jones is displayed in June during a preview of an NFT sale at Sotheby’s in New York City.
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Pudgy Penguins, Bored Apes and CryptoKitties — a Noah’s Ark of nonfungible tokens — are the latest trend for people trying to get rich and engage with art in a new way. NFTs might be a fad, but there’s a multibillion-dollar market for them.


Today, L.A. Times business reporter Sam Dean gives us a crash course in what exactly NFTs are and how to think about whether they’re worth your money. And a pair of NFT collectors tell us why they think the digital tokens could change our lives even if we don’t buy them.

Also: An update about last week’s episode “Our nation’s Haitian double standard.”

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times business reporter Sam Dean, NFT collectors Cooper Turley and Tim Kang and L.A. Times L.A. Times Houston bureau chief Molly Hennessy-Fiske

More reading:

$69 million for digital art? The NFT craze explained

Who can sell a Wonder Woman NFT? The guy who drew her or DC Comics?


How NFTs could affect sports

About The Times

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